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Blackboard Learn Administration by Terry Patterson

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How does Blackboard Learn work?

The heart of Blackboard Learn is made up of multiple components. When installed on the Windows operating system, Blackboard uses the IIS web server. While on Linux and Solaris, Blackboard uses the Apache web server. Apart from the web servers, Blackboard Learn runs its own version of Tomcat, a web container that uses Blackboard's servlets to dynamically create web pages (called JavaServer Pages or .JSP files) to deliver course content and complete tasks. Tomcat creates these pages by accessing information stored within a database.

Blackboard also includes a collaboration server. This server creates a text-based environment which allows interaction between users in a basic form. Most administrators will initially ...

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